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We are in the middle of remodeling and want to make sure we create a home the market will embrace on resale.  Any suggestions?

The number one requested item from buyers nationally is a dedicated laundry room – a place where they can spread out and get laundry done (rather than a stackable in a closet).  If you have space to include a cute laundry room in your plans, that would be a great investment (and don’t forget to choose energy star rated appliances – younger buyers highly value energy efficiency).  Exterior lighting is the most desired outdoor feature – not only will this make your home look phenomenal for twilight photos, but it provides added safety to a home.

Buyers these days are very concerned about energy efficiency, so if you are making changes, be sure to choose energy efficient mechanicals (furnaces, water heaters…), appliances, lighting fixtures and windows.

Your outdoor space will be very important as well. Buyers are very accustomed to seeing gorgeous outdoor spaces on their favorite HGTV shows and if they find one at your home, that will go a long way to driving in top dollar on your sale.

If you are renovating a kitchen, white cabinets remain the gold standard, paired with lighter tops.  Double bowl sinks are now considered a must, and a walk-in pantry is a big plus.

Finally, other popular features include a main level full bath, storage in the garage and a walk-in closet (or two) in the owners’ suite. I am more than happy to help guide you on your choices to help insure that they will yield you a great return – reach out anytime!


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I’m ready to answer any questions you have regarding your real estate needs.
Kathe Barge, CRS, ABR, CNE, SRES
Associate Broker
401 Broad Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Cell: 412-779-6060
Office: 412-741-2200 x238